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Bogey Men: Scott Snyder, SEVERED, and THE BLACK MIRROR

Bogey Men: Scott Snyder, SEVERED, and THE BLACK MIRROR

When I was a little kid, probably about six or seven years old, I had this recurring nightmare: A tall thin man would float outside my second floor bedroom window. He was always dressed in a black business suit, and had a gaunt profile with thinning white hair. I could never quite make out his features through the

These Heroes Fight Villains: Thoughts on DC BOMBSHELLS Volume 1

When the superhero comics series Bombshells began in July 2015, I had high hopes for what the story could potentially be. The premise was about a group of female superheroes fighting against the Nazis in World War II. Two years later, after the first volume has been completed and the second volume Bombshells United has

COMIC LOVE: Who Is Donna Troy? (And Why Do I Love Her So?)

It’s probably pretty clear by now that I’ve read more than my share of comic books. I have more than 15 thousand in my personal collection, curated carefully over the last 35 years, not to mention the thousands more I’ve read and subsequently donated to worthy causes. I still pick up an insane number of

Class Dismissed: The 10 Best Moments in GOTHAM ACADEMY

Every so often, a comic book series comes along that touches the heart in a way that few things have before it. When Gotham Academy #1 was solicited in 2014, fans didn’t quite know what to expect from the team of Becky Cloonan, Brenden Fletcher, and Karl Kerschl. But it didn’t take long to find

Tugging at the Strings: A Guide to DC REBIRTH Threads

It’s been about 13 months since DC Comics released its 80-page giant of a comic declaring a brand new era for DC Comics. 13 months since writer Geoff Johns bid adieu to writing monthly comics after a five year run on Justice League, nine years re-imagining the entire Green Lantern mythos, two separate runs (no

COMIC LOVE: My Youth in Comic Book Detroit

Beginnings, in life and literature, make or break a story. Writers can agonize over their first line (as I, not coincidentally, just did) to ensure the reader is hooked immediately into a world about to unfold. Challenging, yet convenient, is the ability to rewrite, revise, and retcon your story until it is the perfect synthesis

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